In the United States, we must follow all district, state/local and CDC guidelines. The CDC recommends that people, including teachers, staff, and students, wear masks in public settings when around people who live outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
The CDC states the following for students in choir, band, or music class settings:
With these considerations, some schools have opted to only run music classes virtually, to see students in small pods, run classes outdoors, or (unfortunately) eliminate singing and instruments in their schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Many have found success through outdoor singing, which is generally the simplest and safest solution. However, every state and school district has different guidelines for singing in school. It’s important you follow your own district’s policies to keep your students safe, and be sure to discuss with your administrator any questions you may have. Let’s sing together safely!
The vital role of music and the wider arts in supporting mental health, social engagement, and learning in children is well recognised globally, backed by high quality scientific data. This role of music is more important now, during a global crisis, than ever, given the wide-ranging challenges being faced by children and families. Dr. Daisy Fancourt, University College London